Paediatric First Aid
New regulations now in force.

New EYFS updated 2021 with new Paediatric First Aid requirements now published.

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From 1 September 2016 it became a requirement in the EYFS that for newly qualified early years staff (with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) to also hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate in order to be included in the required staff: child ratios in an early years setting. Childcare providers will be allowed a three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.

Minimum course content, as agreed with the First Aid at Work Quality Partnership, meets the need to concentrate on specific life threatening conditions. This course content now included in the EYFS from April 3rd 2017.

The Government appreciates the concerns about staff with some disabilities being able to complete PFA training and provide PFA in an emergency in a setting. However, the Government also believes that it is wrong to exclude from childcare those who are otherwise capable members of staff with the ability to care for children and help them reach their full potential. For that reason the EYFS will include an exception on equal opportunities grounds for new staff with a disability that would allow them to be included in the adult:child ratios without a PFA or emergency PFA certificate provided that the EYFS requirements are otherwise met. These staff members will, where possible, be required to attend PFA training, to learn what they can and receive a certificate of attendance.

Early years providers will be encouraged to display (or make available) staff PFA certificates or a list of staff with PFA training.

2021 EYFS in full:

Paediatric First Aid links:

Dept of Health factsheet: supporting children with medical conditions in school:

Giving medication to children in registered childcare   Ofsted Fact sheet link

November 2014, the government announced details of a new deal to allow all UK schools to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a reduced price.

Deal now includes:

  •  pre-school establishments 

  • private, voluntary and independent nurseries 

  • playgroups 

  • holiday and out-of-school providers.

    “In view of the vital role that AEDs can play in saving the lives of pupils, staff and other users of school premises, the Department for Education is encouraging all schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first-aid equipment.”   

    See details of how to purchase an AED under the arrangements click on the link below. (Page 10 gives purchase details)

DECEMBER 2014: Food Safety

New Food Allergen labelling came into force:
For more details and to download information leaflet click links below.

OCTOBER 1st 2014: Paediatric First Aid

Salbutamol Relievers now allowed to be kept by schools for use in an emergency.            

Following 2012 changes in the Human Medicines Regulations in relation to the treatment of casualties in potentially life threatening situations, from 1st October 2014 schools will now be able to keep Blue Salbutamol Reliever Inhalers for use in an emergency.



Paediatric First Aid Courses became level 3 previously level 2

  1. From 1st September 2014 the 2 day Paediatric First Aid Qualification became a level 3 qualification, previously it was level 2.
  2. All current certificates are still valid until their stated expiry date.
  3. The requirement for course providers to be Local Authority Approved has been removed.


Coldwell Training’s Paediatric First Aid course has always been a comprehensive course and currently already includes the course content that meets Dept of Education (January 2017) and EYFS (April 2017) requirements.

All Coldwell Training First Aid courses currently also include the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator or AED as part of the CPR training.

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